FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 19, 2021

American Chemical Society applauds Biden-Harris White House science team announcement 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2021 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) welcomes the announcement last week of the incoming administration’s science team. ACS supports the move by President-elect Joe Biden to elevate the role of the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), who also serves as the presidential science advisor, to a Cabinet-level position for the first time in history.

“ACS applauds and welcomes the elevation of OSTP to a cabinet-level agency. This elevation, plus the appointment of stellar scientists and policy experts within OSTP, underscores the importance President-elect Biden and his incoming administration place on science,” says Glenn S. Ruskin, vice president of External Affairs & Communications at ACS. “We urge quick Senate confirmation of Eric Lander, Ph.D., as OSTP director.”

ACS is also pleased to see that Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., will continue to lead the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Society looks forward to working with Lander, Collins and the newly announced science team, as well as the Biden-Harris administration and the 117th Congress, to continue to advocate for the chemistry enterprise on key policy priorities that respond to and support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure a sustainable and diverse chemistry enterprise. Information about ACS’ public policy agenda can be found here.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Society is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a specialist in scientific information solutions (including SciFinder® and STN®), its CAS division powers global research, discovery and innovation. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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